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Covid-19 and body donation

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Silver_Rik has 1 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Perioperative / OR Nurse Intern.

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I know that Covid-19 victims can not be organ donors (at least I think this is right.)  Can their bodies be donated as anatomical cadavers for medical schools, or for Covid-19 research (though I’m not sure anything beyond a thorough autopsy would be useful?)

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NRSKarenRN has 40 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

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Mayo Clinic along with NY Medical schools policy is not to accept if  anatomical donor has an infectious or a contagious disease.   https://www.mayoclinic.org/body-donation/making-donation

Anatomical Donations - Associated Medical Schools of New York

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Conditions that may render a body unsuitable include:

•certain infectious diseases (AIDS, Hepatitis, tuberculosis)

•extensive trauma at the time of death

•advanced decomposition

•obesity or malnutrition

https://amsny.org/initiatives/anatomical-donations/

Same thing for organ transplant per UNOS and Donor Alliance:

COVID-19 is Currently a Medical Rule-out, but Exposure Does Not Prevent Future Donation

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With no existing treatment or cure, acute or active COVID-19 is currently a medical rule out for both organ and tissue donation. However, like with many other illnesses, medical science is likely to change that over time and even active coronavirus is not expected to be a rule out for donation in coming years, much like the flu.

https://www.donoralliance.org/newsroom/donation-essentials/coronavirus-covid-19-and-organ-donation-and-transplantation-information-and-resources/

https://unos.org/news/covid19/covid-19-refusal-codes-for-txc/

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Silver_Rik has 1 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Perioperative / OR Nurse Intern.

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4 hours ago, NRSKarenRN said:

Mayo Clinic along with NY Medical schools policy is not to accept if  anatomical donor has an infectious or a contagious disease.   https://www.mayoclinic.org/body-donation/making-donation

Anatomical Donations - Associated Medical Schools of New York

Same thing for organ transplant per UNOS and Donor Alliance:

COVID-19 is Currently a Medical Rule-out, but Exposure Does Not Prevent Future Donation

https://unos.org/news/covid19/covid-19-refusal-codes-for-txc/

Thanks.  Most of that is on organ donation.  Thank you for providing it, though it doesn’t quite answer my specific question.

It doesn’t seem clear whether Covid-19 is a rule out for anatomical donation.  Both say certain infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS, Hep B/C) are exclusionary. NY AMS criteria read as if only the specifically named diseases are rule outs, and Mayo reads like they are examples but perhaps not exhaustive.

Perhaps at this point the only thing would be to contact a donation program directly.

 

 

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NRSKarenRN has 40 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

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First 2 links I posted all state that anatomical cadaver donations not accepted if patient has an infectious or a contagious disease.Coronavirus would be included under both infectious and contagious categories.

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Nurse SMS has 9 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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We are doing active research at my hospital. I do not believe entire bodies are being kept, but I do believe samples are.

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